It’s one of South America’s smaller countries, and certainly one of the continent’s poorer nations economically speaking. Bolivia however does have great wealth in other areas, a recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) report has suggested that the Madidi National Park in Bolivia could have one of the most diverse collections of wildlife on the planet.
Why only “could”? The fact is that, in many conservation areas around the world, there aren’t enough resources to fully research them all. Even in the Madidi Park in Bolivia, about two-thirds of the park is yet to be observed or reported by scientists.
Despite this impressive statistic, Bolivia still struggles to contain the illegal trade of wild animals, which is one of the most lucrative illegal markets in the world. Steps are being made to reverse this trend, with education and rescue programmes, but there is still a long way to go. This is why we are proud to be part of the fight, supporting the Inti Wara Yassi project, caring for animals rescued from hunting and the pet trade.